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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    Is there always radiation treatment after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 12 answers
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    • Kathy Crum Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The answer is really not an answer at all but rather what you see as the best options for you and your survival and/or risk factors related to the cancer returning. The standard of care across the board seems to be the surgery to remove, followed by chemo, and then radiation. The type, dosage,...

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      The answer is really not an answer at all but rather what you see as the best options for you and your survival and/or risk factors related to the cancer returning. The standard of care across the board seems to be the surgery to remove, followed by chemo, and then radiation. The type, dosage, and length of treatment has a lot of factors to consider. In the end it is your individual choice to choose what is best for you and the more you educate yourself about the risks vs benefits vs percentage rates of what that treatment is giving you for a chance of survival and to remain cancer free will arm you with the knowledge to ask informed questions to your oncologist and radiation dr about what exactly those benefits of that treatment are. Keep your spirit up and mind informed. Wishing you the best and will be praying for your full recovery.

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure there have been some cases but generally speaking, with a lumpectomy comes radiation. You never know if a few cancer cells have taken a hike away the original tumor. Take care, Sharon

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    how long does it take to get results after having surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I had my surgery on a Wednesday and the surgeon called me the following Tuesday .

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Post op meeting was about a weeks wait.

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  • Niharika Sharma Profile

    My mom today got diagnosed with Infiltrating duct Carcinoma Nuclear Grade 2/3.I have no idea about cancer. We are consulting doctors but want to know how long does the treatment take and how painful it is.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site that explains some things in easy to understand terms. Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatments are made for them and them only. I'm not sure where you live but does you facility have a breast patient navigator? They are trained to help...

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      There are some great videos on this site that explains some things in easy to understand terms. Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatments are made for them and them only. I'm not sure where you live but does you facility have a breast patient navigator? They are trained to help patients get through things such as appointments, treatments, etc. Everyone too handles treatment(s) and the pain differently.

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    what is her two breast cancer?yes i have h.e.r 2 type of breat cancer and have to do months of chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 3 answers
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of...

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      The her2 types the cancer as agressive. It can have other ways it grows and feeds and that's why some people talk about negative or positive for other things too.

      I was diagnosed triple positive. In march if 2013. Taking the Herceptin is often a long haul. I did 4 rounds of one chemo. 4 of another and 16 of the Herceptin

      Keep leaning toward the goal as you progress. Chart it to conquer it.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This site has some good videos covering various things doing with breast cancer, they are easy to understand. Her2 is not a type of breast cancer just a characteristic of the tumor.

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